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Hezbollah missiles kill 2 in northern Israel

The IDF declared the area within 4 km. of the Lebanese border a closed military zone.

Israel Defense Forces armored division at a staging area near the northern Israeli border with Lebanon, Oct. 14, 2023. Photo by Michael Giladi/Flash90.
Israel Defense Forces armored division at a staging area near the northern Israeli border with Lebanon, Oct. 14, 2023. Photo by Michael Giladi/Flash90.

The IDF on Monday identified the Israeli soldier Hezbollah killed the previous day as Lt. Amitayi Zvi Granot, 24.

Granot was killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the IDF’s Nurit border post.

Earlier on Sunday, one person was killed and three wounded by an anti-tank missile strike on the northern Israeli village of Shtula.

Both attacks were claimed by the Hezbollah terrorist group.

The wounded were evacuated to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. Two of the victims were in moderate condition while the third was lightly wounded, according to the Magen David Adom emergency service.

The Israeli man killed in the attack was identified as Mofid al-Zir, an Arab Israeli construction worker from Abu Snan near Acre.

The Israel Defense Forces said that it hit the source of the missile fire with artillery. The IDF also struck Lebanese territory in response to additional anti-tank missile fire towards an IDF post on the border.

IDF video of its strike on a Hezbollah position in Lebanon after the terror group fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF military post. Credit: IDF.

About an hour after the initial incident, the IDF reported more anti-tank guided missile fire from Lebanon at soldiers operating along the border. In response, the army struck Hezbollah military targets for the fifth time on Sunday.

Later in the afternoon, the IDF reported that nine rockets were fired from Lebanon into the Western Galilee, setting off alarms in Nahariya, Rosh Hanikra and nearby towns. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted five of the projectiles and the remainder were not headed towards populated areas. The IDF was striking the source of the attacks.

In addition, the IDF said ground troops exchanged fire with terrorists on the border.

Following the initial attack, the IDF declared the area within 4 kilometers of the Lebanese border a closed military zone, and ordered citizens residing within 2 kilometers of the border to remain close to bomb shelters.

“The IDF clarifies that entering the area is strictly prohibited and asks the public to be vigilant and not enter the area.”

On Saturday afternoon, Hezbollah fired some 30 mortar shells at Israeli military positions in the Mount Dov area, some of which crossed into Israeli territory, according to the IDF.

The Israeli military responded by targeting the source of the attack with artillery. During the exchange, troops spotted a terrorist squad preparing to shoot an anti-tank missile across the border, which was hit by an Israeli drone, according to the IDF.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it had fired guided missiles and mortars. In a communiqué, the Iran-backed terrorist group said it attacked a “surveillance and monitoring center” and destroyed IDF equipment.

The incident came hours after the IDF killed three terrorists attempting to cross the northern border. The army shared a video of the incident on X (formerly Twitter), saying a drone eliminated a “terrorist cell that tried to enter Israel from Lebanon.”

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